Ignis ( Ages 4+ )
By : Gina Wilson & P.J.Lynch
Publisher : Walker Books (Oct.,2001)
The amazing art work of this story would doubtlessly leave anyone in awe.Every page of this book is unique and a masterpiece.
Any little reader will be intrigued by these illustrations and will want to hear the story,though it`s a bit on the long side, content as they could be they may listen in awe. as it happened in my household.
The opening spreads reveal a joyous moment of young Ignis`s days,where a group of young dragons, brilliantly coloured with Emerald, Blue and Ruby scales with Ignis in the middle, jumping up into the air with the ball in his hands, are playing outside the mouth of a deep fire lit cave in a pre-historic like setting. With magnificent boulders and dark giant trees lining the edges of an open ground with some deep holes filled with crystal waters and a bare greenish area where many dragons are seen roaming and some in the far away skies. One could see water flowing down from a waterfall and seeping into the holes in the ground.
It`s "Dragonland" where fiery red scaled,flaring nose-trilled handsome Ignis lived with his Gran-dragon and sister Flamma. Although he`s the most handsome and admired for his flying and running skills Ignis was mostly sad for he lacked the best ; Ignis cannot breath fire like any other dragon. He couldn't light stars or play "Fling a Flame" and "All Blaze Together" like others in the night, he could only watch.But his dear friend, the amber eyed girly Scintilla always tried to comfort him on such instances just like his Gran-dragon who used to say "All in good time,Never worry" only that it didn't help him.He was greatly distressed and he said "I don`t feel like a dragon at all. Maybe I`m really something else." And off he goes in search of his dragon fire. Along his way he met a Hippo a Loquax and a little girl called Cara.After spending some time with each one of them he bid them goodbye as he`s on a quest for fire, with Cara`s encouraging words in his fiery heart he left for the mountains. The story end with pure pleasures of self discovery as Ignis whooshes out towering flames while his elders were talking "Mysteries and Miracles and Flames that Light up the World".
Gina Wilson`s writings are no less magnificent than Lynch`s illustrations, Skillfully written with simple phrases and sublime literary descriptions the story flows." When all was soundless and still,save the faintest shushing of breezes and twittering of jewel-birds,the Slothy-Sillent once came dangling down from the branches in dappled lengths and stretches." Here`s a storyline unique and gripping with an equally compelling subject as dragons are an ever fascinating subject for children. The book will take you to a magical mysterious world and with the author`s lyrical text and Lynch`s wonderful images one would feel like watching a movie. A collectable.